Estupinan: Seeing Ecuador flags fills us with pride

Pervis loves Albion fans getting behind him and his compatriots.

By Charlie Hanson • 15 March 2023

By Paul Hazlewood
Fans with Ecuador flags are really appreciated by Pervis Estupinan, Jeremy Sarmiento and Moises Caicedo.

Pervis Estupinan says that he, Jeremy Sarmiento and Moises Caicedo look out for Albion supporters with Ecuador flags at games.

“It fills us with pride because it means we are doing well and we are very grateful,” the 25-year-old said. “We are sent messages from people in Ecuador who wake up very early to watch us. That motivates us because we want to make our country proud.

“I am happy about everything that has happened since I arrived here. The fans welcomed me in the best way possible and that is why I want to pay them back for all the support and kindness they have shown me by playing well in every game.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Moises Caicedo and Pervis Estupinan played for Ecuador at the World Cup at the end of last year.

Pervis reckons he’s playing the best football of his career now as he continues to impress for Roberto De Zerbi’s team at left-back.

“This is a very good moment for me in my career. Everything is going well and I am very happy.

“I am trying to make the most of every game - trying to play well, at my best level so that I can keep on improving.”

The defender now wants to net his first Premier League goal, with Crystal Palace our next opponents on Wednesday.

Estupinan scored against Patrick Vieira’s side in the reverse fixture last month, only for the goal to be wrongly ruled out for offside.


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“I was very sad about that disallowed goal because I don’t score a lot. I remember it was a very equal game, but we played well.

“We were able to get a point there which was important for us because it’s a difficult ground to play at. Now we’ll try and play well against them in the home game. I hope I score – I am after a goal.”

Estupinan says his team-mates have given him a history lesson about the importance of the Palace fixture to Albion fans.

My teammates have told me a bit about the game – they have said it’s a derby,” he added. “The reverse fixture was great, they’re the games that every player wants to play in. Now we’re at home in front of our fans and I am hopeful that we’ll play well.”